Monday, November 07, 2016

The Trial of Queen Caroline – A New Addition to the Moritz Law Library’s Stotter Collection

During a recent visit to the Moritz College of Law, Moritz alum Lawrence H. Stotter ’58 presented the Moritz Law Library with a new addition to the Law Library’s Stotter Collection: five volumes comprising the full report of The Trial of Queen Caroline, published in 1820.

Title page and frontispiece, the latter depicting the House of Lords during the Queen's Trial
The Moritz Law Library’s Stotter Collection originated in 2006 as a donation of over 200 volumes on family and domestic law that Stotter, a prominent trial attorney and family law specialist, had carefully selected and curated over the course of several decades. The Collection contains works ranging from the 17th century to the 20th, serving, as a whole, to depict the historical development of this area of practice.

Queen Caroline was the wife of King George IV of the United Kingdom, whose reign began in 1820. Prior to his coronation, George requested that Parliament dissolve their marriage. The newly-gifted volumes contain the full report of the proceedings of the ensuing trial in Parliament, including the evidence presented and the opening and closing remarks of the parties’ attorneys.

An in-depth discussion of the trial can be found in Lawrence Stotter’s own work on the history of family law, To Put Asunder: The Laws of Matrimonial Strife. More information on the Stotter Collection can be found in archived articles from All Rise and in a 2015 article for AALL Spectrum written by Sara Sampson, Assistant Dean for Information Services and Director of the Moritz Law Library.